OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

people programs and events

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove to be honored with OSU’s Stone Award

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove, the recipient of Oregon State University’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, will be honored at a pair of events in Corvallis and Portland in April.

Dove, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, is the 2016 recipient of the biennial Stone Award, which recognizes a major American author who has created a body of critically-acclaimed work and mentored young writers.

On Thursday, April 14, a reading and question-and-answer session with Dove will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th Ave., Corvallis. Dove also will be presented with the Stone Award at the event, which is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

On Friday, April 15, OSU will host a reading and conversation with Dove at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., Portland. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Karen Holmberg, a poet and associate professor of English and creative writing at OSU, will lead the on-stage conversation with Dove at the Portland event.

“Rita Dove's work immerses us in the most profound human questions,” Holmberg said. “What parts of our identity do we inherit, and what parts can we build from within? What drives humans not only to love beauty but to want to create it through art and craft, even when the conditions for such creation are hostile? How are our personal histories interwoven with history?

“She's been an astute and profound teacher to some of our most remarkable younger poets, while many other readers – I count myself among them – have been inspired by her dogged pursuit of her poetic obsessions and by her poetry's warmth and imaginative reach.”

Dove has received numerous awards, including the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 1996 National Humanities Medal and the 2011 National Medal of Arts. She is the only poet to receive both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. She holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

This year’s Stone Award events coincide with National Poetry Month, celebrated each year in April. 

The Stone Award was established in 2011 by Patrick and Vicki Stone to spotlight OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. The honorarium for the award is $20,000, making it one of the most substantial awards for lifetime literary achievement offered by any university in the country.

 

Story By: 
Source: 

University Events, 541-737-4717, events@oregonstate.edu; Karen Holmberg, Karen.holmberg@oregonstate.edu 

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

Rita Dove (Photo by Fred Viebahn)

Rita Dove

OSU’s Hatfield Center to host Marine Science Day on April 9

NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will open its doors to the public on Saturday, April 9, for its annual Marine Science Day, when visitors will have an opportunity to visit laboratories behind-the-scenes, connect with scientists, and learn more about emerging oceanographic technologies and current marine research.

The free event also features hands-on exhibits and opportunities to talk to scientists from OSU and several federal and state agencies that have operations at the Newport center. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center, located southeast of the Highway 101 bridge over Yaquina Bay. 

The science to be shared with the public includes talks, exhibits or information on:

  • The Ocean Observatories Initiative, which includes high-tech underwater sensors, platforms and robots, recently deployed in the Endurance Array off the coast of Newport;
  • Aquaculture including oysters and a newly-developed variety of dulse, a seaweed that when cooked tastes like bacon;
  • Whale and seal research by the internationally-known Marine Mammal Institute; and
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the Visitor Center’s animal husbandry program and a chance to meet the aquarists, hosted by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Coast Community College

A lecture at 2:30 p.m. by oceanographers Bill Peterson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Jack Barth of OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will look at the past, present and future technologies of ocean observing. The talk will be in the Hennings Auditorium. 

“Marine Science Day will highlight the rich history and emerging technologies around ocean observing,” Barth said. “With a long-standing legacy of off-shore research, OSU is ushering in a new era of oceanography centered around the Endurance Array now in operation off the coast of Oregon. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to learn about the diverse ways scientists observe the ocean.”

Visitors may also learn about the progress of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative, which seeks to host 500 students-in-residence in Newport by 2025. Fundraising is well under way for the new teaching and research facility in Newport. 

“Marine Science Day offers a great opportunity to understand why we are so excited about bringing the Marine Studies Initiative here,” said Hatfield Center Director Bob Cowen. “The hands-on experiences for students are remarkable.” 

Multimedia exhibits will include a new film on the challenges of ocean acidification; undersea exploration of fisheries, volcanoes and marine mammals using video and acoustics; and fascinating images of microscopic plankton by the Plankton Portal program. 

A public feeding of the octopus Montgomery will take place at 1 p.m. in the Visitor Center and special activities for children and families can be found throughout the event.

More information on the event is available at: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/marinescienceday/

Story By: 
Source: 

Maryann Bozza, 541-867-0234, maryann.bozza@oregonstate.edu

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

Visitors gather at the octopus tank during a previous Marine Science Day

Octopus

Ocean-observing equipment and technology

ocean observing

OSU to exhibit prints, paintings and drawings of Michael Boonstra

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Transitory Surface,” an exhibit of prints, paintings, and drawings by Oregon State University art instructor Michael Boonstra, will be on display in the Fairbanks Gallery on the OSU campus April 4 through April 27.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public, as is a reception and a gallery talk by the artist will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the gallery. 

With elements of video, photography, and drawing, Boonstra connects to the way people think about landscape. “Transitory Surface” is the result of his art practice of exploring landscape and the increasing clarity of understanding our world through perspective and the visual markings generated by human development.

One element of the show is an ongoing series of drawings using evaporated ink as a base layer, then manipulating them with graphite, ink and acrylic. The drawings are invented aerial landscapes meant to similarly embody the vernacular of satellite images.

Boonstra, an instructor at OSU, received his master of fine arts from the University of Oregon, and his art studio is in Eugene. 

His drawings and photo-based work have been exhibited nationally. He has created site-specific projects in Michigan, California, and at numerous venues in the Pacific Northwest.

Story By: 
Source: 

Douglas Russell, 541-737-5009, or drussell@oregonstate.edu

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

Cardinal Misdirection #4, an archival print on aluminum, by Michael Boonstra

Boonstra #4

OSU Board of Trustees to meet March 30-31

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 31, to endorse the 2017-19 biennial funding requests, establish tuition and mandatory fees for the academic year 2016-17 and summer 2017, and consider issuance of revenue bonds.

The board will also hear a panel discussion on considerations regarding the siting of a Marine Studies building in Newport.

The meeting will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way in Corvallis. It is open to the public.

A public comment period is provided at each board meeting. Commenters are allowed up to five minutes and may register by e-mail before the meeting by contacting Marcia Stuart at marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu, or may register at the meeting itself. Commenters must sign up prior to the public comment period of the meeting.

Each of the board’s three standing committees will meet on Wednesday, March 30, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. These meetings are also open to the public:

  • The Executive and Audit Committee will meet from 8-9:15 a.m. to review the university’s quarterly audit report and to discuss risk management and development of a presidential recruitment policy.
  • The Academic Strategies Committee will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to consider House Bill 3375, the Educator Equity Plan, and proposed new academic programs in bioengineering and data analytics. The committee will also hear presentations on graduate learning and educational experience; research conducted at OSU; and a status report on new and existing academic program reviews will be provided.  
  • The Finance and Administration Committee will meet from 1-4:15 p.m. to discuss the outlook for OSU’s operating and capital budget. The committee will consider fiscal year 2017 tuition rates and mandatory fees; 2017-19 biennial funding requests; and the issuance of OSU revenue bonds.

More information on the meetings is available online at: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees. If special accommodations are required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance. The public can also listen to the meetings by calling the toll-free number listed on the agendas.

 

Story By: 
Source: 

Steve Clark, 541-737-3808

steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University enrolling youth for summer arts programs

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication’s new SAC Academy is now enrolling youth for pre-college summer workshops in art and music.

SAC Academy is the new home of the long-running JumpstART Workshop and the Oregon State Chamber Music Workshop, now in its fourth year. New offerings this summer include the Oregon State University choir camp, honor band camp and songwriting workshop. 

These summer programs take place on or near the Corvallis campus, and include day and overnight options. For additional information on all programs, including cost, registration, instructors, application details and end-of-camp presentations, visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/sac-academy. Scholarships may be available for some camps.

  • JumpstART runs June 27 through July 1. It’s designed for young artists entering grades 9-12 who have a heightened interest in the visual and performing arts, and seek to increase their skills. The program provides accelerated instruction with in-class learning, visiting artist lectures, workshops and excursions, and helps students develop a portfolio that can be used to apply to a university or art institute of their choosing. 
  • The Oregon State Chamber Music Workshop runs in two sessions, June 27 through July 2 and July 5-10. The program is designed for advanced and intermediate string musicians, ages 10-23, who will benefit from expert coaching, sight reading clinics, supervised practice sessions, master classes, and the opportunity to perform with small ensembles in formal and informal concerts. Prominent string teachers, faculty members and internationally recognized performers will participate.
  • The OSU Choir Camp is offered July 24-29. This training experience is for singers ages 14-19, and will include expert coaching, sight reading clinics, rehearsal techniques, sectional rehearsals, and the opportunity to perform with small ensembles and large choirs in a variety of musical genres. It will culminate in a public concert. 
  • The Oregon State Honor Band Camp is an intensive band experience from July 7-9 for students ages 14-19 who are nominated by their high school band director. Participants receive expert coaching, sectional rehearsals, the opportunity to perform with a large ensemble, and will finish with a free public performance.
  • The OSU Songwriting Workshop on July 26-30 focuses on individual instruments, performing and rehearsing with pop ensembles, composing and music study. Students will work in pop/rock/country format bands to develop, rehearse and record their own work, and will perform in an end-of-camp showcase. 

The School of Arts & Communication and SAC Academy are supported in part by gifts, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts Challenge in which donors gave over $6 million to support the arts at OSU.

Story By: 
Source: 

Lee Ann Garrison, 541-737-5090, LeeAnn.Garrison@oregonstate.edu

OSU to host events in advance of visit by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host several events celebrating the work of Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Rita Dove in advance of, and during her visit to Oregon in April.

Dove, who served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, is the 2016 recipient of OSU’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. The biennial Stone Award recognizes a major American author who has created a body of critically-acclaimed work and has mentored young writers. 

The Stone Award was established in 2011 by Patrick and Vicki Stone to spotlight OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. The honorarium for the award is $20,000, making it one of the most substantial awards for lifetime literary achievement offered by any university in the country.

The upcoming events coincide with National Poetry Month, which is celebrated each year in April. All of the events, programs and workshops are free and open to the public, but some require registration. 

College of Liberal Arts Dean Larry Rodgers, a professor of English who specializes in African-American literature, will present “How to Read and Understand Pulitzer-Prize Winning Poet Rita Dove,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

He will give a second lecture, “Reading Rita Dove,” on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Journey Room, Room 104, in the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. 

Faculty and students in OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing will lead two poetry writing workshops, both at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. A workshop for adults will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, and a workshop for teens will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Space is limited. To register in advance, call 541-766-6793 or email askalibrarian@corvallisoregon.gov.

On Thursday, April 14, a reading and question-and-answer session with Dove will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th Ave., Corvallis. A book signing will follow.  

On Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. OSU will host a reading and conversation with Dove at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., Portland. A reception will follow.

Story By: 
Source: 

Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

Rita Dove Photo by Fred Viebahn

Rita Dove

Oregon State University to host maker fair and symposium April 8-9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host a maker fair and symposium April 8 and 9 on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

The event, produced by a campus-community partnership called The Co., has expanded this year into a two-day celebration with a focus on education. It is free and open to the public. 

“Maker” culture is a popular movement honoring craftsmanship and technology and the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. This event offers an opportunity to collaborate, innovate and create, and also provides a forum for teaching the value of hands-on learning in classrooms from kindergarten through college.

“The Co. gives people working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and people working the arts a rare opportunity to step outside our respective comfort zones and to rethink our familiar assumptions about research and education,” said Ray Malewitz, academic coordinator for The Co. and moderator of the symposium. “From this vantage point, we might recover a sense of wonder about the world – how it is and how it might be.” 

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is among panelists who will speak during the “STEM to STEAM” symposium, focusing on the integration of the arts into STEM, on April 8. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100. Additional information about the symposium and a full list of speakers are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org/symposium.

The third annual Corvallis Maker Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center plaza at OSU. 

Attendees can speak with experts in the arts, crafts, technology and sciences and join in hands-on learning with exhibitors. Exhibitors include HP Inc.; the OSU Oceanography fab shop; ChickTech; DaVinci Days; students from South Albany High School; the OSU Craft Center; Pi Dads and more.

Michael Town, a physics teacher at Lakeside High School in Seattle, will present an interactive session on skateboard-making. The audience will be involved throughout the process. Space is limited for the session and advance registration is required.

Registration information, a complete schedule, exhibitor list and additional details about the event are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org.

Story By: 
Source: 

Kaitlyn Wittig Mengüç, 724-689-3652, wittigmk@oregonstate.edu; Ray Malewitz, 541-737-1656, Raymond.malewitz@oregonstate.edu

OSU holds town hall on issues of equity and inclusion on campus

CORVALLIS, Ore. – President Ed Ray will host a town hall discussion on equity, inclusion and civil and social justice at Oregon State University on Monday, Feb. 29.

The discussion, aimed at students, staff and faculty, will be from 5-6 p.m. in Room 128 of the Learning Innovation Center. It will also be live streamed at http://live.oregonstate.edu.

President Ray and interim Chief Diversity Officer Angela Batista will provide an update on efforts to address diversity and inclusion at OSU. These include expanding the Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice, to bring focus to university-wide planning and implementation of equity, inclusion, diversity and social justice initiatives.

The Leadership Council includes faculty, staff and students and is chaired by Brenda McComb, senior vice provost for academic affairs, and Allison Davis-White Eyes, director of Diversity and Cultural Engagement. Ray and Batista will also discuss the formation of a bias response team to provide coordinated response reports of campus-based incidents; and the effort to hire a permanent chief diversity officer.

Students, staff and faculty at the event will be able to provide input and ask questions. Scott Vignos, special assistant for strategic initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity, said the plan is to hold quarterly town halls to continue to inform the campus community and offer a safe space for discussion.

“The idea of the town hall emerged after conversations with students following the speak out in November,” Vignos said. “It’s an opportunity for campus leadership to take the temperature of the campus community and listen closely to community voices regarding issues of equity and inclusion.”

Live streaming of the event will also allow OSU students and staff in Bend, Newport and Extension and Research Stations to be able to listen to the conversation.

For those unable to attend, questions regarding OSU’s ongoing effort to improve equity and inclusion on campus can be addressed to the Office of Institutional Diversity at diversity@oregonstate.edu or to Angela Batista, interim chief diversity officer, at angela.batista@oregonstate.edu.

Story By: 
Source: 

Scott Vignos, 541-737-4113; scott.vignos@oregonstate.edu

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

edrayspeakout

November's speak out

OSU and Majestic Theatre present musical drama 'Boldly Launched Upon the Deep'

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Boldly Launched Upon the Deep,” a unique, radio-style live performance by the AnyWhen Ensemble and featuring the Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble, will be presented Wednesday, March 2, at the Majestic Theatre.

Part chamber music concert, part radio drama and part literary reading, “Boldly Launched Upon the Deep” is a collection of musical dramatic episodes for chamber ensemble, singers/speakers and tape. The work will use original music and text to present a contemporary interpretation of Herman Melville’s classic novel, “Moby Dick.” 

The production is sponsored by the Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication’s SAC Presents series in conjunction with the Majestic Theatre.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 115 S.W. Second St., Corvallis.

Portland-based composer, trumpeter and writer Douglas Detrick, longtime leader of AnyWhen Ensemble, joined forces with Chicago-based writer, composer and violinist Ellen McSweeney to create this new work for six performers. 

Detrick originally commissioned McSweeney to write an original piece of prose and then composed music to surround a live reading of the essay. That project, “In a Past Life,” is now a part of “Boldly Launched upon the Deep,” It begins with an arresting moment in which Captain Ahab, consumed by his obsession with the whale, refuses to help a fellow captain whose son is missing at sea.

This poignant moment leads McSweeney to tell her own story of self-forgiveness about her divorce at the age of 29. Her text, surrounded by Detrick’s brooding and atmospheric score, sheds a fresh perspective on Melville’s story while exploring McSweeney’s personal connection to Ahab’s inner struggle. Other pieces include contemporary reflections on physical labor, inspired by the colorful description of the girding of the ship’s cooks, and music that explores the human connection to, and alienation from, the natural/nautical world. 

The production will feature McSweeney, Detrick and AnyWhen players Hashem Assadullahi (saxophone), Shirley Hunt (cello), Steve Vacchi (bassoon), and OSU Jazz Band and percussion instructor Ryan Biesack (drum set). The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble will also perform.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, all seats reserved. Majestic members, seniors, youth and non-OSU college students, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free with a valid ID card at the door while seats last. Tickets can be purchased online: http://bit.ly/1STbClS

SAC Presents is supported in part by generous gifts from donors, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts Challenge that raised more than $6 million to support the arts at OSU. For information on giving to the arts at Oregon State, go to: http://bit.ly/1TW5BUB.

Story By: 
Source: 

School of Arts and Communication - Music, 541-737-4061

Multimedia Downloads
Multimedia: 

AnyWhen Ensemble

AnyWhen Ensemble

Auditions for OSU production of ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ to be held March 6-7

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Open auditions will be held March 6-7 for Oregon State University Theatre’s upcoming production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” Tom Stoppard’s witty and engaging existentialist comedy.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. If needed, additional call-backs will be held March 8.

The rehearsal schedule will include a cast read-through March 19, with regular rehearsals beginning March 28. Rehearsals will run from 2-6 p.m. Sundays and 6-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Technical rehearsals begin Saturday, May 7, and run through May 11. Performances are May 12-14 and May 20-22.

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff as well as community members. Scripts are available for 24-hour check-out through the OSU Theatre Arts main office in Withycombe Hall, Room 141.

Those auditioning are encouraged to read the script before coming to auditions. Auditions will consist of cold readings, movement and improvisational exercises. Roles are available for 13 men and two women with possible additional musicians.

For more information about the auditions or the play, visit: http://bit.ly/1NbuaeH or contact Director Elizabeth Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu

Story By: 
Source: